Specialist Areas

Key Areas:

  • Menopause & Peri-Menopause Mental Health Support
  • Burnout & Overwhelm
  • Depression including Post Natal Depression & Anxiety
  • The Highly Sensitive Person
  • Student Worries

Menopause / Peri-Menopause Mental Health Support

I really want to help women with their various menopause struggles, as there really isn’t enough support out there. I have spoken to lots of women who tell me about their many mental and physical health issues sometimes from a very young age, which can be debilitating to the point of having to leave work, go on antidepressants or feel like they must retire from life completely.

Women usually tend to suffer in silence and are expected to ‘just get on with it’ which is heart-breaking. The mental and physical struggles which comes with peri-menopause / menopause can affect all areas of life - marriages, family relationships, jobs, friendships, and general motivation for life can all be impacted. Interestingly, most marriage breakdowns and suicide rates amongst women are between the ages of 45 – 54 – surely this is proof that more support is needed during this time - I believe that more understanding and care is needed when it comes to menopause and women should be heard and not feel like they must deal with it in silence.

I have devised a very special session where you can really relax in my cosy cabin and be honest and open about everything that you are going through without opinion or judgment.

I can help you understand why these things are happening to you and use relaxation techniques to help you find peace and motivation again. Emotional & physical needs will also be looked at together with finding ways of balancing them again using your own natural resources.


Burnout & Overwhelm

Burnout happens to us all these days as we have such busy lives. Being a busy parent, having a demanding job, being on the go all the time, not having privacy or time to enjoy life, not getting enough rest, too many commitments, looking after elderly parents, studying for a course while also trying to exercise and maintain a good diet can all catch up with you – the list is exhausting!

The human brain has evolved to take breaks to function well, if we don’t take these breaks and have a little compassion for ourselves, our brain really can’t catch up. Prolonged unrest and worry affect sleep which in turn affects mental health which can lead to the feeling of ‘Tired but Wired’ – exhausted but not being able to sleep.

Having gone through burnout myself quite a few times, I have accepted that I was doing too much each time it happened - working, studying, training at the gym, trying to help elderly parents and being a Mammy all caught up with me and I forgot to do some key things – schedule breaks, rest and include some ‘me-time’ in my daily life and asking for help and support.

Acceptance is the first step in dealing with burnout, as well as having lots of compassion for yourself.

If any of this sounds familiar, come have a wee chat with me and we can figure things out together so you can start to rebuild your life again step by step. 

Depression & Anxiety

Never before have levels of depression and anxiety been so high in the world in general. The busyness of our daily lives has overtaken our need for connection with people and community, proper time with our children, restorative rest, and time to ourselves.

Individuals can suffer due to a wide range of issues including family conflict, bereavement, trauma, or any problem which causes undue stress, rumination and lack of sleep. Covid 19 has also caused widespread mental health issues and PTSD especially those who are working in the healthcare industry, those who were completely isolated or those continuously suffering with long Covid. Studies show that being alone or feeling isolated can have a more damaging effect to the body than drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes.

Depression is our body’s way of telling us that our mental health needs minding - we become depressed if stress, worry, and rumination accumulates. Sleep is often affected which in turn decreases motivation and over time can result in depression or low mood.

During our session, you will have the freedom to talk about whatever you want without being judged. I will really listen and work with you to try to balance your needs and use scientifically proven techniques to lighten the load on your body & mind.

The Highly Sensitive Person

If you feel that you get emotionally overwhelmed easily, overthink things, enjoy solitude, feel uncomfortable around crowds, chaos, smells, or noise, worry more and take longer to get over something, or if you think that you can ‘feel’ more than others and tune into how people are feeling, then you may be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP).

Dr. Elaine Aron pioneered this idea and started researching the area back in the 1970’s. She found that up to 30% of the population are HSP’s and they evolved in the first place to sense danger and have more empathy to care for and help people.  Where would we be in the world if we didn’t have these caring and empathetic souls – they are our artists, writers, therapists, teachers, and nurses.  

It is because of the lack of knowledge on the subject that causes misunderstanding however, more and more people are discovering Dr. Aron’s findings and are finally finding answers as to why they feel different or react differently to things. It’s so refreshing when you discover that all these feelings are normal and with the right guidance and lifestyle changes, you can lead a very happy and content life and use this wonderful natural resource as a gift to help and understand people.

I made this wonderful discovery a while back and it has really changed my life as I now feel accepted and know how to take care of myself properly to flourish – this is what I want to do for you too.

This can all be discussed during our session and my clients are always relieved to know that there is nothing wrong with them and with the right tools, can gain some control and energy back in their lives.

Student Worries

Having worked in the Further Education industry for over 10 years as a Mental Health and Careers Manager, I have met and supported students of all ages and backgrounds and have gained some excellent knowledge on the pressures, expectations, and overwhelm of student life.

I’ve had many private sessions with students to gauge why they feel the way they feel and how this feeling is impacting their lives. I take a holistic approach in balancing their emotional and physical needs thus improving motivation for their course and life in general again.